Ham and Swiss Appetizer Cheesecake

Savory appetizer cheesecakes have great make-ahead convenience. The terrific combination of ham and Swiss cheese is classic.

  • prep time 30 min
  • total time 4 hr 30 min
  • ingredients 11
  • servings 24

Ingredients

1
cup crushed round wheat crackers (about 28 crackers)
3
tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
2
packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
1/4
cup whipping (heavy) cream
2
eggs
2
cups finely shredded Swiss cheese (8 ounces)
1
cup chopped fully cooked ham
1/2
cup chopped drained roasted red bell peppers (from 7.25-ounce jar)
4
medium green onions, sliced (1/4 cup)
2
tablespoons chopped fresh or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1
package (13 ounces) assorted crackers
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°. Mix crushed crackers and butter until well blended. Press evenly in bottom of springform pan, 9x3 inches. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown.
  • 2 Meanwhile, beat cream cheese in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Add whipping cream and eggs; beat until smooth. Stir in cheese, ham, bell peppers, onions and thyme. Spoon evenly over crust in pan.
  • 3 Bake 45 to 55 minutes or until center is set. Run knife around edge of cheesecake to loosen. Cool completely, about 1 hour. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours but no longer than 48 hours.
  • 4 Remove side of pan. Place cheesecake on serving platter. Cut into wedges. Serve with crackers.
  • Nutrition Information

    NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

    Serving Size: 1 Serving
    Calories
    230
    (
    Calories from Fat
    155),
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat
    17g
    17%
    (Saturated Fat
    9g,
    9%
    ),
    Cholesterol
    55mg
    55%;
    Sodium
    30mg
    30%;
    Total Carbohydrate
    12g
    12%
    (Dietary Fiber
    1g
    1%
    ),
    Protein
    7g
    7%
    ;
    % Daily Value*:
    Vitamin A
    14%;
    Vitamin C
    6%;
    Calcium
    10%;
    Iron
    6%;
    Exchanges:
    1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    1
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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